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Tabu (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 5 April 2012 (Portugal)
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A restless retired woman teams up with her deceased neighbor's maid to seek out a man who has a secret connection to her past life as a farm owner at the foothill of Mount Tabu in Africa.

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Miguel Gomes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Telmo Churro ... Intrepid explorer
Miguel Gomes ... Narrator (voice)
Hortêncílio Aquina Hortêncílio Aquina ... Porter (as Hortencílio Aquina)
Américo Mota Américo Mota ... Porter
Valentim Hortêncílio Valentim Hortêncílio ... Porter (as Valentim Hortencílio)
Artur Januário Artur Januário ... Porter
Mariana Ricardo Mariana Ricardo ... Explorer's wife / Aurora's friend
Teresa Madruga Teresa Madruga ... Pilar
Maya Kosa Maya Kosa ... Polish woman
Isabel Cardoso ... Santa
Laura Soveral ... Aurora
Vítor Manuel Vítor Manuel ... Guide
Cândido Ferreira Cândido Ferreira ... Painter
Maria José Ricardo Maria José Ricardo ... Literacy teacher
Joana Cunha Ferreira Joana Cunha Ferreira ... Pilar's friend
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A restless retired woman teams up with her deceased neighbor's maid to seek out a man who has a secret connection to her past life as a farm owner at the foothill of Mount Tabu in Africa.

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

5 April 2012 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Tabou See more »

Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal See more »

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$1,108,473
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Dolby Digital

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1.37 : 1
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Baby I Love You
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Second half good; first half bad
23 August 2013 | by euroGarySee all my reviews

For the duration of its first half, 'Tabu' is one of the most boring films I have ever seen: set in Lisbon, it features a woman worrying about her neighbour, an elderly woman who has been abandoned by her daughter and whose only companionship is her maid. Characters talk about nothing in the most unemotional tones imaginable and the viewer starts to think about the money he has wasted on the cinema ticket. But things perk up when the old woman dies: we flashback to when she was young and living in a Portuguese colony in Africa, having an affair with a young musician. None of the characters in this segment speak: the only dialogue is the voice-over of the musician's older self. It's an effective method.

For added arty-farty points, much of the film is in black-and-white, but I'd watch it again, although possibly skipping the first 45 minutes or so...


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